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House Bill 1151


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House Bill 1151

ARCHIVE (2004)

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DIGEST OF HB1151 (Updated February 26, 2004 11:10 am - DI 84)

Absentee ballots. Defines "household" for election code purposes. Exempts 16 and 17 year olds who serve as precinct election workers from obtaining a work certificate or complying with certain restrictions regarding hours worked on school days. Requires an individual who appears to vote after the individual's registration is placed on inactive status under a voter list maintenance program to affirm that the individual currently resides at the address shown on the individual's registration before the individual is permitted to vote. Specifies the requirements for a county voter registration office to conduct a voter list maintenance program. Requires an absentee ballot application to be filed within specific times. Requires an individual who files an absentee ballot application for another individual to sign an affidavit attesting to certain information. Requires an applicant for an absentee ballot to affirm the content of the application under the penalties for perjury. Permits an absentee voter board or the circuit court clerk to compare the signature on an absentee ballot application to the signature on the voter's registration record to make certain determinations regarding the validity of an absentee ballot. Permits a county election board member or an absentee voter board member to file an affidavit alleging that an absentee ballot application has not been filed according to law. Exempts a polling place located outside of a precinct or township in an accessible facility from being located in a public building. With the unanimous consent of both county election boards, permits a polling place to be located in an accessible facility in an adjoining county. Specifies the procedures that may be used to designate the chute. Provides that a person may not engage in electioneering in the presence of an individual who possesses an absentee ballot. Requires certain persons who deliver an absentee ballot to a voter to affirm certain facts under penalties for perjury. Makes other changes relating to absentee ballots, eligibility of individuals serving as watchers, and the recounting of ballots. Establishes new criminal offenses relating to fraud and misrepresentation in elections and conspiracy involving false or fraudulent absentee ballot or voter registration applications. Permits an individual conducting an accessibility survey to enter the polls on election days in 2004. Requires the legislative council to direct a legislative study committee to study existing criminal penalties for election law violations. Legalizes the deposit of oaths of political subdivision officers made after the statutory deadline and before March 1, 2004.
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 In Conference Committee
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